15 February 2005

This is one of my favorite buildings in San Diego. For a long time, it was an ordinary industrial building in the midst of many other uninspired industrial buildings. A few years ago, I noticed someone on a scaffold who was painting the building. As this was my normal route to work (back roads to avoid heavy traffic), I was able to watch day by day, week by week, as this scene of classic architecture unfolded on the front and sides of the building. It's mostly on the second floor, but even the lower level is adorned with columns. It's really quite lovely, and offers something interesting along an otherwise dull road. Lettering at the bottom of the second story identifies the building occupants as a granite and tile company. I wonder if their business increased as a result of this public artwork? I hope it did. The building is located on Trade Street.